“Why does the Lel’ul have you guard an empty house? He isn’t even here. Unless you aren’t anything like you claim-”
Reem spoke up, her voice drowning out Hasani’s. It caused everyone else in the vicinity to fall silent as well. “Watch what you say, man. We are warriors of the Lel’ul.”
Azzah took a deep breath.
“Then why don’t you do anything?”
That was too much. Azzah tore her eyes from her bowl to Reem’s face. Reem looked back at her.
As one, they stood up. Azzah set her bowl on the ground without spilling. She immediately crouched down, sweeping her leg under Hasani. It knocked against his legs hard. At the same moment, Reem reached forward, swinging her spear from her back and jabbing the butt of it into his chest. Hasani went down in one. As Azzah straightened upright in one fluid motion and she pulled her own spear out.
She and Reem took off their head covers at the same moment. Azzah placed her tip against his stomach. Reem placed hers against Hasani’s throat.